Let me start by saying I’ve nothing against how wizards are portrayed in fantasy fiction. Some of my all-time favourite characters are wizards – Gandolf the Grey and the White, Albus Dumbledore and even Merlin. The general appearance is of a wise old man who acts as a mentor, white hair with a long silvery beard dressed in a robe. This is a staple of the character’s archetype, and it works. But what happens if you add in idiosyncracies like:
“An old man with a long silver beard, wearing a tanned coat that hung to his ankles and wearing a floppy wizard’s hat at a jaunty angle. The only thing that spoiled the whole I am a wizard vibe were the pair of comfortable-looking blue sketches on his feet and a pair of bright orange socks.” – Taken from THE HALFLING
But lets not stop there – how bout we give him more character. He’s a wise old man but he is also a pretty cool dude.
“Sitting in a large rocking chair with a huge stein in one hand and a long pipe in the other. One little finger was sparkling and he waved it in the air every time he took a sip, and the dishes on the stove behind him would rattle and shake and give off the smells of frying bacon and eggs.” – Taken from the novel THE HALFLING
Not your average wizard now, is he? I added a special personal flavour that sets Aphistus Farimdore apart from the rest. He is a memorable character who readers will say,”Oh yeah, that crazy wizard.”
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